Is there anyone left who hasn't read "Wild" yet? Well, after World Book Night next spring, thousands more will get the chance. The best-selling memoir is one of the 35 titles named Wednesday as one to be handed out at random on April 23, 2014, on the third annual World Book Night USA.
Books by two other Minnesota authors--"The Lighthouse Road," by Peter Geye, and "Pontoon" by Garrison Keillor--were also selected, as well as "The Weird Sisters," by Eleanor Brown, a graduate of Macalester College.
Here's the list, with links to Star Tribune reviews when available.
"The Zookeeper's Wife," by Diane Ackerman
"Kitchen Confidential," by Anthony Bourdain
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower," by Stephen Chbosky
"After the Funeral," by Agatha Christie
"Rangers Apprentice: Book One, The Ruins of Gorlan," by John Flanagan
"Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet," by Jamie Ford (In both regular print and large-print)
"The Lighthouse Road," by Peter Geye
"The Tipping Point," by Malcolm Gladwell
"Wait Til Next Year," by Doris Kearns Goodwin
"Catch-22," by Joseph Heller
"The Dog Stars," by Peter Heller
"Hoot," by Carl Hiaasen
"Pontoon" by Garrison Keillor
"Same Difference," by Derek Kirk Kim
"Enchanted," by Alethea Kontis
"Miss Darcy Falls in Love," by Sharon Lathan
"Bobcat and Other Stories," by Rebecca Lee
"Young Men and Fire," by Norman Maclean
"Tales of the City," by Armistead Maupin
"Waiting to Exhale," by Terry McMillan
"Sunrise Over Fallujah," by Walter Dean Myers
"Bridge to Terabithia," by Katherine Paterson
"The Botany of Desire," by Michael Pollan
"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," by Ransom Riggs
"When I was Puerto Rican: A Memoir," by Esmerelda Santiago (English, and Spanish editions)
"Where'd You Go, Bernadette," by Maria Semple (also in large print format)
"Wild," by Cheryl Strayed
"Presumed Innocent," by Scott Turow
"Code Name Verity," by Elizabeth Wein
"This Boy's Life," by Tobias Wolff
"100 Best-Loved Poems," edited by Philip Smith.
The books to be given away were chosen by a panel of booksellers and librarians. Two Minnesota authors--Kate DiCamillo and Leif Enger--had books chosen the first year. Last year, Minnesota was passed over, but Wisconsin writer Michael Perry made the list.
World Book Night is a mostly volunteer effort to spread books and reading across the country. Every year, volunteers give away 500,000 books at random. To learn more, go to www.us.worldbooknight.org